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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 18 December 2014

"Merry Monsters"



Issue#79: "Merry Monsters" 

Barnaby visits Molochstein while Bancroft is forgotten about again...

Notes and References:

This is the third of the four winter themed issues of Barnaby and Loaker this year.

Molochstein is a large vegetarian troll creature that lives in the mountains of Moloch Falls. The character last appeared in issue#59: "Where The Wild Things Go".

Molochstein originally appeared in issue#54: "No Gremlin Is An Island". The character was inadvertently responsible for helping Barnaby come back into civilisation during a brief period of self imposed exile.

Kathy Dudbert and Bancroft last appeared in issue#74: "Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful".

Bancroft continues to be stuck in his gremlin outfit that Kathy Dudbert made for him in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

Bancroft is constantly left out of things or forgotten about by his friends, Another example of this occurs in issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore" where he is left out of Barnaby's dream.

Barnaby wears the same jacket that he wore last issue "A Moloch of Snow and Ice"

Thursday, 11 December 2014

"A Moloch of Snow and Ice"



Issue#78: "A Moloch of Snow and Ice" 

Emily Hair makes a snow tribute to the ancient Moloch...

Notes and References: 

This is the second of four winter themed issues of Barnaby and Loaker.

Moloch is a giant monster who died and shaped the land that would become Moloch Falls. Moloch has previously appeared in issue#31: "The Further Desolation of Moloch by Loaker Banks" as a scale model replica skeleton and in the time travelling issue#54: "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths". This issue marks his third "appearance".

Barnaby last made a snowman in issue#27: "Snow Gremlins" which saw him cover his brother Loaker in snow.

Emily Hair last officially appeared in the Sunday Special Strip "Gremlin and Proud" where she attempted to help cheer up Bancroft. She also recently appeared in the Zombie storyline which ran from issue#68-72. This storyline was revealed to have taken place in Barnaby's nightmare.

Emily Hair's snow-moloch is an example of her creative personality and skills as an artist.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

"Moloch Fallings"


Issue#77: "Moloch Fallings" 

Barnaby has a snow related accident....

Notes and References: 

This is first of four winter/Christmas themed issues that will make up the remainder of the strips for 2014.

The title is a play on the name of the town Moloch Falls where the comic book takes place.

Feigenbaum was last seen wearing this blue scarf in issue#26: "Barnaby and the Blizzard", Another winter tale featuring Feigenbaum and Barnaby in 2013.

This is the first time that Barnaby has been seen sledging in the comic.

Barnaby yells out "Geronimo!" as he begins his descent down the mountains. Geronimo is also the middle name of his brother Loaker Geronimo Banks. Barnaby's own middle name is "Hieronymous". These are rarely ever referenced however and only eagle eyed readers might know this fact.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

"Crisis On Mixed Up Earths...Again"

Issue#76: "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths...Again" 

Bartleby and the rest of the evil doppelgangers crash land in the Zombie Universe...

Notes and References:

Bartleby, Lord. Loaker, Daphnie Kuthbert, The Other and Hairbot#4000 last appeared in issue#64 "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths" where they attempted to travel to the main universe to destroy Barnaby and his friends.

Lord. Loaker continues to berate Hairbot#4000 

A zombie universe (later revealed to be a nightmare of Barnaby Banks) was last seen in issue#72 "Here Lies Barnaby Banks". This issue shows a similar world where the main characters are zombies. It is worth noting that Zombie Loaker is headless and being carried by Zombie Feigenbaum, Indicating that this Zombie Universe is the same one depicted in Barnaby's nightmare.

The title of this issue is a reference to "Crisis on Infinite Earths", A 1985 DC Comics crossover event. It is a continuation of issue#64.

The doppelgangers may return in some form or another depending if they survive their zombie adventure.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

"I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..."



Issue#75: "I Don't Think We're In Moloch Falls Anymore..." 

Barnaby hits his head and wakes up in the world of Oz...

Notes and References: 

This is the third dream sequence of Barnaby Banks after issue#11: "A Nightmare in Moloch Falls" and the Zombie Storyline that ran from issue#68-#72.

This issue is based on The Wizard of Oz, An American novel written by L. Frank Baum and famously made into a film in 1939 directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland. The novel and the film tell the story of Dorothy Gale who wakes up in the magical land of Oz after a powerful tornado hits Kansas. While in Oz, Dorothy meets and befriends a Scarecrow without a brain, A Tin-Man without a heart and a Lion lacking Courage. Together they travel to meet The Wizard of Oz but end up making an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West who is out for revenge after the accidental murder of her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East.

Barnaby is shocked that he is dressed as Dorothy. Beauregarde plays the part of the dog Toto. Loaker is the Scarecrow due to concerns over his mental state, Kathy is the Tin-Man due to her previous stories involving romance and being in love. Feigenbaum plays the part of the Cowardly Lion. Feigenbaum continues to slip into Barnaby's dreams. The fact that he is a lion seeking courage relates to Barnaby building up the courage to accept that the pooka may actually exist.

Bancroft continues to be left out.

The cricket ball that knocked Barnaby out was thrown by Aldbug Lobings.

This issue is heavily influenced by the 1939 movie especially with the designs of the characters. It also mirrors the start and end of the film which is filmed in sepia/ black and white tones while the main part of the film is full of colour.

The title of this strip comes from "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto..." which is a misquote from the movie. The actual line is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore..."

Thursday, 13 November 2014

"Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful"

 
Issue#74: "Barnabazee, The Great and Powerful"

Barnaby puts on a magic show for his friends...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to 2013 fantasy film "Oz the Great and Powerful" starring James Franco and directed by Sam Raimi. The film serves as a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and it details the origins of The Wizard of Oz.

This is the first time that Barnaby has appeared as his magician alias Barnabazee.

Bancroft, Loaker and Kathy Dudbert appear as the reluctant audience for Barnaby's magic show.

The rabbit in the hat trick (Known simply as "Hat-Trick") was first performed by Louis Comte in 1814. However it was made more famous by John Henry Anderson. The trick works by placing the specially tailored hat on a table with a secret hatch with allows the rabbit to appear in the apparently empty hat after placing said hat on the table.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

"The Family Feigenbaum"

 
Issue#73: "The Family Feigenbaum"

Marlo Feigenbaum comes to collect his son Zero...

Notes and References:

This is the first appearance of Marlo Feigenbaum, older brother of Feigenbaum and father of Zero. The character was previously mentioned in issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew". Marlo looks very similar to Feigenbaum but with stubble, a blue M on his chest and he wears a fedora style hat. He is also meant to be a little more manly looking than Feigenbaum.

This issue marks the fifth appearance of Zero who last appeared in issue#63: "Zugzwang by Zero".

This is the first time that three pooka characters have appeared in the one issue. Marlo is the fifth Pooka to appear in the strip. Feigenbaum, Libchaber, Zero and The Other have all appeared before this issue.

Marlo makes a scathing comment about the amount of people with who Feigenbaum "allows" himself to be seen by. Those people include- Loaker Banks, Emily Hair, Beauregarde, Bartleby Banks and Barnaby Banks (occasionally) among others.
   
Feigenbaum mentions his childhood and growing up with Marlo. Feigenbaum's turbulent relationship with his father is also hinted at.

Feigenbaum's first name Fasil is once again mentioned by both Zero and his father Marlo. 

Beauregarde notes that he has twelve brothers and he has a strong dislike for all of them.